Monday, September 12, 2005

Literary E-zines And Such

It defies both logic and common sense, but I’ve been on something of a literary hot-streak this summer. And while I can’t explain the recent developments, I’m not complaining. Several of my stories have been, are now, or will be appearing in on-line literary magazines (e-zines). The tally includes:

In last month’s issue, the good folks at LSS featured my homage to P. G. Wodehouse, "Willie and the Brain," as Story of the Month. They further risked their reputation as one of the web’s 100 best site’s for writers (according to Writer’s Digest) by running an interview with me and my bio. This month, they’ve left the interview and bio on the site and have seen fit to use a portion of my novel, We Danced to Ray Charles, in their Book Excerpt section.

MUSCADINE LINE: A Southern Journal
As country folks say, Muscadine Line’s founder and editor Kathy Rhodes, “is good people.” So don’t fuss with her for slipping up and running two of my stories. "Moonlight and Revelations" concerns how skinny-dipping with an old friend who just happens to be both female and attractive can reveal more to a young guy than a bare bottom. "What Summer Means To Me" is supposed to be humorous. Both are now in the site’s archive.

Next month, Beth Jacks, otherwise known as Ye Ed of USADS will run a very story of mine about love and loss called, "I’ll Always Love You." Those into heavy pain can find three other stories of mine in the site’s archives. Those into good fiction, interesting articles, poetry, and southern humor should take a look at all the rest.

Even though my story, "Waiting for Melinda," will appear in its October issue, Chris & Co. at WRH have created a great site which writers and those interested in literature should give a look-see. In addition to fiction, they have articles on the craft of writing, book reviews, interviews, and a resource section.

A literay magazine that's been around since 1995 qualifies as "venerable" in (on?) the turbulent world wide web. It's been suffering "sever hell" recently, but is still kicking. Dead Mule was the first lit e-zine to publish one of my stories. This summer, Editor Valerie MacEwan made a rare exception to the Mule's policy by republishing that story, The Rooster, after I "casually" mentioned the novel it sprang from was a semi-finalist in this year's Faulkner Competition. Don't hold that against her.

And speaking of the Faulkner, New Orleans is suffering, but the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society site is still up. Check it out. They are the folks who sponsor the yearly writing competition. Thanks, no doubt, to a near-sighted and/or benevolent judge, my novel, We Danced to Ray Charles, was named a semi-finalist in the Works-In-Progress category.

I'm proud of all of those, and still grinning over the last.


Anonymous susie hawes said...

This is great! You certainly deserve it.


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Blogger Dana said...

You should definitely be proud, my man!

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